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Spring is almost here and summer is knocking on the door. Whether it is for a bold splash of color in the garden or an artful color coordinating pot, your palette is endless with the selection of annuals for the warm season.
Here is a list of annuals you can purchase at Orchard during the warm growing season!
Warm Season - Spring Summer Annuals
- Bedding begonia
I came a across these tips on a book mark for gardeners at the Franklin Conservatory, in Columbus Ohio, put out by the National Gardening Association. I think these tips are an excellent summary for starting a vegetable garden successfully and giving you great satisfaction.
Randall Barnes, Bedding Department Manager, BS Horticultural Science, Cal Poly SLO
- Vegetables require at least 6 hours of sun daily.
- Be aware of the shade created by trees, buildings, and other structures.
- Create healthy soil for vegetable growing by ensuring proper drainage and incorporating lots of organic matter
- Select a site close to a walkway or house so you can visit it each day to weed, water, and harvest.
- Have a water source close by for watering.
- Start small and enlarge as you feel more comfortable and learn more about the dynamics of your garden.
- Use a container that is easy and convenient for you to have on a sunny patio.
- Grow what you like to eat. Grow a fun variety of vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs. The combination will give the garden a completed look, no matter what size your garden is.
Choosing a site:
Citrus want a warm, sunny exposure protected from wind. Additional growing heat can be provided by selecting a site which receives reflected heat from surfaces such as house walls, fences, patio surfaces and walkways. Soil can range from adobe to sandy, but soil rich in humus is preferred. The most important factor, however, is good drainage. If you are unsure about how your soil drains, dig a test hole and keep it filled with water to saturate the soil. The next day refill with water. If your drainage is OK, the water level should drop at least 2" in 2 hours. If the water level does not drain, plan on planting your citrus in a raised bed or container.
Dwarf citrus do wonderfully in containers--and moveable pots allow you shift the plants in winter to a site which maybe more protected from frost. Any pot or wooden tub which is approximately 16 - 24" in diameter will do. Again, make sure there are adequate drain holes. If you use a saucer under the pot, make sure water does not collect, causing the plant to "sit" in water for more than a few hours after you have watered the plant.
For more information about citrus, come in and pick up a copy of our Orchard Gro-Sheet about citrus.
Know a dog-lover? One yourself? If so, you’re sure to put a smile on your face with the "Sleeps with Dogs" collection.
Comfy, 300 thread count pillowcases, sleep masks, and slippers help insure sweet dreams. Decorated with super cute graphic dog prints, each piece comes tucked in its own cotton bag. All just dog-gone great!
Create your own oasis with our stunning images of places near and far. By the pool, an outdoor kitchen, balcony, porch or patio, our outdoor Canvas Art will add a new design dimension to these areas.
Using innovative printing technology, these sharp, vibrant photos of colorful subjects and places around the world are digitally reproduced and printed on artist's canvas. Waterproof, UV protected and gallery-wrapped on 1-1/2" vinyl stretcher bars with stainless steel staples, these stunning photographs can be placed in any outdoor location with direct exposure to the elements.
Make sure you stop by and see our wonderful display of Tillandsia. Tillandsias are a form of air plants from the Bromeliad family. They are found growing on tree shrubs, rocks, and cliffs. The fun part is they need no soil to survive. Come in and be inspired to create your own terrarium or pick up one of our ready to go pieces of living art.
Through March 2014
To give vegetable gardens and landscape plants a good start, begin by working soil amendments into your soil. Paydirt is an organic soil conditioner you can use to amend your soil.
May 3rd - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Moraga Junior Women's Club (MJWC) will be having their 9th Moraga Juniors Garden Tour on Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This self-guided tour showcases captivating gardens in the Lamorinda area that will inspire you and allow you to support a local, deserving cause.
This year's event includes gardens that feature amazing elements such as outdoor kitchens, stunning water features, creative recreation and play areas, beautiful plants and grape vines and even a unique wine cellar. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2014 and can be purchased at Orchard Nursery or online at www.moragajuniors.org. Tickets are $35 for the garden tour with the opportunity to purchase a gourmet lunch being served at one of the gardens. There will be accompanying music performed by the Campolindo String Chamber Ensemble, a group composed of local high school students.
All proceeds are going to benefit Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH). CCIH provides permanent, affordable housing and vital support services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in Contra Costa County.